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Westminster Street, circa 1950

Melrose Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Neighborhood Revitalization Award

The Melrose Neighborhood Revitalization Project represents the vision and hard work of residents and community organizations in the historic Elmwood neighborhood. The project not only breathes new life into these historic properties and the surrounding community, but also provides affordable housing for 45 families, including many first-time homebuyers. The project has successfully removed blight from the neighborhood by redeveloping properties that had been allowed to deteriorate while at the same time providing quality affordable housing to low- and moderate- income families. In addition, significant lead-based paint hazards present in the buildings have been abated. The project used both federal and state historic preservation tax credits in addition to various housing funds. The Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services partnered with neighborhood residents and the Elmwood Foundation and the PPS Revolving Fund to bring the project to its successful completion. The high quality design and construction are due to the expertise of Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels; Yoder + Tidwell, Ltd.; and Nation Wide Construction.